Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On April 2 an estimated 100,000 people from around the world are expected to participate in events honoring John Paul II in Rome and Poland—including the carrying of a symbolic torch from the Vatican to Krakow.
Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Recent polls in two European countries now show that the Church is growing as a powerful social institution. In France, numbers of practicing Catholics remain strong while the German Church is benefiting from the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope last year.
Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Chicago has taken on a mega-evangelization project in an effort to draw back lapsed Catholics and to re-energize practicing Catholics in their faith. It’s called Mission Chicago 2006 and, according to a New York Times report, Chicago is the largest archdiocese to organize such wide-ranging events focused on evangelization.
Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a forum on international immigration, Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio said the United States is a country built on immigration and that Christians should respond to this challenge in accord with the teaching of Christ: I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life groups in Argentina presented a petition signed by 250,000 people to lawmakers this week demanding they refrain from legalizing abortion in the country.
Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Since 2003 Cuban police agents have been harassing the parish of Palma Soriano, where a group of Catholics gather each month to pray the rosary for political prisoners. Cuban officials have called the activity “counterrevolutionary.”
Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict wants to visit China but says the timing of any trip is up to God, reported Reuters.
Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Born-again bad boy actor Stephen Baldwin has taken up a battle against a porn store opening in Nyack, the Rockland County town where he lives, and Catholic Citizenship has joined him in the fight, reported the New York Daily News.
Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During his weekly general audience, held earlier today in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI said that the ultimate aim of the Gospel is communion with God himself, and through it, true communion with the rest of mankind. He stressed the importance of this message at a time when fragmentations and strife between peoples run extraordinarily high worldwide.
Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Church officials around the U.S. capitol are opposing two bills that would extend the time allowed for victims of child sex abuse to file lawsuits against abusers and their employers. The bills seem to be part of a nationwide trend, which many experts say threatens undermine and scapegoat the Catholic Church for a larger and far more widespread problem.